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Pedal to the medal with SGS College’s new cycling course

A new course being launched at SGS College will allow learners who are keen cyclists to combine their education with their cyclising aspirations.

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance, launching from September 2020, is the first course of its kind in the country.

SGS College has been pioneering on-line further education provision and technology in learning. Now the institution is enabling learners who are aspiring to excel in cycling to receive a first-class education wherever they live. Uniquely in further education, the L3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance and Cycling Academy package has been designed for distance learning; recruiting learners who live anywhere within the United Kingdom. All learning, coaching and training will take place on-line.

Nic Tilling, Head of SGS Cycling Academy said:

"Many of the world’s top professional riders are enrolled on degree programmes which offer flexibility to fit studying and learning around their race programme, but until now, there has been no equivalent opportunity for junior riders engaging in further education. Until now, young cyclists have had to make a choice, follow their cycling dreams or concentrate on their education. Either way there was a risk – missing out on a promising career in cycling or missing out on completing education. SGS College has just made it possible to simultaneously succeed in junior cycling and in education."

This new programme is a career-focused qualification which is recognised, endorsed and accredited by industry, enabling learners to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills as well as gaining experience as a coach and sport practitioner. Learners will have their own Today’s Plan account to receive training session plans and to upload ride data for analysis and feedback as well as having complete access to Zwift for training and racing. The SGS Cycling Academy is not a club, so riders are free to represent any club or team of their choice giving learners complete flexibility over their racing programme.

In addition to the college’s existing portfolio of sports academies, the SGS Cycling Academy, in partnership with RoadStarz provides each of its members with a complete on-line program of coaching, training and mentoring. Learners are given bespoke training plans, feedback on racing and training performance and guidance to develop their cycling fitness and race performance. RoadStars is a company which specialises in on-line cycling coaching and training.

Nic Tilling, also the founder of RoadStarz added:

"I started the company to enable people to achieve greatness by cycling. After teaching sport science and physical education for over 17 years and sharing my passion for sports performance, I created RoadStarz to connect amateur cyclists with my insight as a rider. With this knowledge I am very excited to launch this new programme where young people to following their dreams and gain a recognised qualification at the same time. Places are limited so learners need to apply as soon as possible."

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Enquiries can be made directly by contacting Alex Gaiger, Learning Area Manager for Sport & Public Services at [email protected]

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